Move to Lums­den touted for cat­tle ex­ports

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Tay­lar Amonini

The blos­som­ing cat­tle in­dus­try in Port Hed­land was a fo­cal point for the Pil­bara Ports Author­ity at last week’s Septem­ber Busi­ness Breakfast.

Hosted by the Port Hed­land Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try last Wednesday, chief ex­ec­u­tive Roger John­ston spoke to cham­ber mem­bers about the re­cent in­vest­ment to re­vi­talise live­stock ship­ments from Port Hed­land.

Mr John­ston said while ex­ports have be­gun in Port Hed­land from the Nel­son Point berth, the author­ity ul­ti­mately planned to move ex­ports to Lums­den Point once the facility was com­plete.

“The facility at Lums­den Point will ul­ti­mately com­prise new gen­eral cargo wharves, lay­down ar­eas and a lo­gis­tics hub area to ease ship­ping con­ges­tion as­so­ci­ated with growth of non-iron ore trade at Port Hed­land, and sup­port an an­tic­i­pated in­crease in live­stock ex­ports from the Pil­bara,” he said.

Dur­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion, Mr John­ston told busi­ness­men and women in­fra­struc­ture would be the fo­cus in de­vel­op­ing the cat­tle in­dus­try in Port Hed­land.

“Pil­bara Ports Author­ity has re­ceived in­ter­est from var­i­ous par­ties in re­gards to cat­tle ex­ports, trig­gered by the author­ity’s re­cent in­vest­ment into in­fra­struc­ture to rein­vig­o­rate the live ex­port in­dus­try from the Pil­bara,” he said.

“Lums­den Point has the po­ten­tial to in­clude ded­i­cated live ex­port yards and load­ing fa­cil­i­ties and the port has re­ceived some in­ter­est in es­tab­lish­ing the Pil­bara as a source of cat­tle ex­port for the Chi­nese mar­ket.”

Pic­ture: Sophia Con­stan­tine

Cat­tle loaded for ex­port dur­ing Port Hed­land’s first ship­ment of cat­tle in four years.

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